Technologies

feeding the future

Applications are now closed!

400

Challengers

6

Tracks

60

Finalists

1

Winner
Alternative
Proteins
Functional Food
Personalised
Nutrition
Midstream Tech
Food Waste
Agri Tech

Showcase your business, gain visibility, and build new partnerships 

At Food Tech Challengers, we are on a mission to pinpoint the most game-changing solutions that will transform the way we produce and consume food. If your company creates disruptive solutions, this is your chance to put your product or service in the spotlight.

Food Tech Challengers provides startups from all over the globe a unique opportunity to take center stage, gain global media exposure, and showcase their solutions to a distinctive panel of 30+ investors, industry leaders and experts.

To enter, startups must be innovators in one of the six tracks fostering the food tech innovation – Functional Food, Alternative Proteins, Food Waste, Personalised Nutrition, Midstream Tech and Agri Tech.

60 finalists. 1 Winner

TOP-60 companies (10 in each track) are shortlisted by a distinguished panel of industry experts from global corporations, venture capitals, ecosystem builders and media partners.

All finalists are invited to pitch live (or virtually) at Food Tech Congress 2022, the leading industry conference of the year. Taking place on October 26-27, the event offers invaluable networking opportunities and media exposure. 

One company is announced the Ultimate Winner of Food Tech Challengers 2022.

Timeline

1

Application
deadline

September 20

2

Top 60
announced

September 30

3

Top 60
pitches

October 26-27 @
Food Tech Congress

4

Top 6 pitches & Winner
announced

October 26-27 @
Food Tech Congress

Timeline

1

Application
deadline

September 20

2

Top 60
announced

September 30

3

Top 60
pitches

October 26-27 @ Food Tech Congress

4

Top 6 pitches & Winner
announced

October 26-27 @ Food Tech Congress

Why join Food Tech Challengers?

Unparalleled
Networking

All finalists are granted a free ticket to Food Tech Congress 2022, taking place in Warsaw, Poland on October 26-27. Over 1000 industry visionaries will gather to share disruptive ideas and network with a group of peers. This is your perfect chance to network and hold 1:1 meetings with the key players in food and agri tech.

Remarkable
Jury Members

Present your ground-breaking solution in front of a remarkable jury comprising the representatives of top notch venture capitals and corporations. This annual competition is designed to empower entrepreneurs and help them build new partnerships that will lead to future industry breakthroughs.

Brand
Exposure

Whether you decide to join in-person or virtually, do not miss out on the opportunity to share your brand’s story with a global audience of over 1000 attendees. Food Tech Challengers also welcomes journalists from the world’s leading media companies to give your company unparalleled reach.

Applications are now closed

Application to the FTC is entirely free and every finalist company (60 in total/10 per track) is granted 1 free ticket (in-person or virtually) to Food Tech Congress 2022. May the odds be in your favour!

Watch Food Tech Challengers 2021 Recap

Winners of 2021

Ultimate
Challenger 2021

IGS Limited is a Scottish agritech innovator that delivers vertical farming solutions to customers across the world.

TOP 7 Challengers of 2021

VADE Nutrition is a nutritional supplement provider that offers pre-measured, dissolvable packets of (high quality) protein powder.

vly provides dairy alternatives based on pea protein and is on a mission to create the healthiest plant-protein food products consumers have ever consumed.

Mi Terro utilises big data to create home compostable, single-use plastic-alternative packaging materials made from plant-based agricultural waste.

Get Nourish3d uses patented 3D printing technology and a vegan encapsulation formula to create bespoke and delicious vitamin stacks.

Tastewise is an AI powered Food Intelligence solution that makes food innovation faster, cheaper and more accurate than was ever possible before.

IGS Limited is a Scottish agritech innovator that delivers vertical farming solutions to customers across the world.

Livestock Water Recycling creates value for livestock producers by reducing the expense and environmental impact of waste liquids.

Meet the jury

Faisal Zanjani

Faisal Zanjani

Global Head of Exponential Innovation & Experimentation @ The Coca-Cola Company

Gil Horsky

Gil Horsky

Director of Ventures SnackFutures @ Mondelēz International

Austin Kozman

Austin Kozman

R&D Sr. Director – External Innovation @ PepsiCo

Andrew Bluestein

Andrew Bluestein

Managing Partner @ Bluestein Ventures

Alexandre Bastos

Alexandre Bastos

Global Director Innovation @ Givaudan International

Minerve Vicente

Minerve Vicente

R&D Director Taste Elevation and FS International (EMEA, APAC, LATAM) @ Kraft Heinz

Honza Dusanek

Honza Dusanek

Food & Dairy Managing Director @ Nestle

Maria Grabowska

Maria Grabowska

Manager of +impact accelerator @ Danske Bank Growth & Impact

Carin Martina Troeltzsch

Carin-Martina Troeltzsch

Managing Director @ Corteva

Joost Matthijssen

Joost Matthijssen

Director of Venturing @ Nutreco

Madhusudan Patel

Global R&D, New Ventures & Tech Scouting @ IFF

Henry Berger

Henry Berger

Head of Latam I Country Manager Brazil @ VetFamily

Caroline Sorlin

Caroline Sorlin

General Manager of Plant-Based Acceleration Unit @ BEL Group

George Cherian

George Cherian

Director of External Partnerships @ Kellogg Company

Louisa Burwood-Taylor

Louisa Burwood-Taylor

Head of Media & Research @ AgFunder

Adi Vagman

Adi Vagman

Investor & Entrepreneur

Christina Ulardic

Christina Ulardic

Partner @ Astanor Ventures

Tracy Raines

Tracy Raines

Chief Innovation Officer @ AgBiome

Daria Batukhtina

Daria Batukhtina

Business Development Manager @ Kubota Innovation center Europe

Gaby Shemer

Gaby Shemer

Director of R&D Innovation @ The Builders

Susanne Wiegel

Susanne Wiegel

Investment Manager for Alternative Proteins @ Nutreco

Maarten-Yan Wierenga

Maarten-Yan Wierenga

Investment Manager @ Nutreco NuFrontiers

Neal Gutterson

Neal Gutterson

Partner and Chief Technology Officer @ Radicle Growth

Elizabeth Fastiggi

Elizabeth Fastiggi

Head of Worldwide BD, Agriculture @ Amazon Web Services

And many more!

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